With the proliferation of online dating sites, social
networking, online stores and other online conveniences, it has become easy for
some users to feel addicted to the Internet.
Case in point, in February 2007 a man
was fired from IBM for visiting an adult chat site. The man contended he
was “self-medicating” via titillating chat because of post traumatic stress
from the war in Vietnam and had become addicted to the Internet.
Today, Yahoo! News is
reporting that a new study shows Chinese web users are more likely to
become web addicts than their counterparts in America. The study was conducted
by IAC (InterActiveCorp) and JWT, an advertising agency. Yahoo! News says that the study was conducted in November in
both English and Chinese.
Study results show that only about 10 percent of the Chinese
population uses the Internet, with many of the users being young males living
in major cities. Almost 25 percent of surveyed Chinese Internet users claim
they would not be able to spend more than a day without the Internet. In America
only 12 percent of Internet users said they wouldn’t be able to spend a day
without the Internet.
77 percent of study respondents from China also say that the
Internet helps them make friends compared to only 32 percent of American users
saying the same thing. Another
study recently showed that teens used instant messaging services over the
Internet to avoid embarrassment and to say things they couldn’t say in real
The new study by IAC reports similar findings with almost 75
percent of Chinese users saying they can say things on the Internet they can’t
say in real life, while only 32 percent of American users say the same thing.